Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Mountain Bluebird - Sialia currucoides
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General Comments This is a widespread and generally common species of the higher elevations of the Western States and western Canada. Though most states in the East have a record or two of this bluebird, it was not until early 2022 that North Carolina finally had a well documented record (with numerous photographs); and (thankfully) this male remained in a small area for over a month for all birders to see who wanted to view it. Previously, there was one North Carolina sight record, of a male from the Biltmore Estate near Asheville (Buncombe) on 15 Jun 1985 [Chat 50:54 link].
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Definitive
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank G5
Coastal Plain One record. A male was photographed at Wrightsville Beach (New Hanover) essentially daily from 11 Feb to 21 Mar 2022* [Chat 86:62 link], [Chat 86:85 link]; numerous photos are on the Carolina Bird Club Photo Gallery. The report has been accepted by the NC BRC [Chat 87:26 link].
Piedmont No records.
Mountains One record (see above).
Finding Tips
Attribution LeGrand[2023-05-16], LeGrand[2023-03-27], LeGrand[2022-09-14]
NC Map
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